By Age Group
By Education and Income
According to the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), in the 2013-2014 survey cycle, 19% (18.2%, 19.7%) of Ontario adults (20+ years) identified themselves as current smokers and 14% (13.7%, 14.9%) as daily smokers. The percentage of smokers in Simcoe Muskoka was similar to the province as a whole, with 22% (18.6%, 25.5%) of adults (20+ years) reporting they currently smoked including 16% (13.2%, 19.7%) who smoke daily. The 2013-2014 smoking rate among Simcoe Muskoka adults was not significantly different from the 2011-2012 smoking rate, which was the lowest recorded in Simcoe Muskoka since Statistics Canada began conducting the CCHS in 2000-2001.
In 2013-2014 in Simcoe Muskoka among adults 20 years and older, 26% (22.5%, 31.3%
) of men reported that they were current smokers and 18% (14.3%, 22.3%
) said that they were daily smokers. Among adult females in Simcoe Muskoka, 17% (12.2%, 22.5%
) reported as current smokers including 15% (9.5%, 19.8%
) that were daily smokers. There was a significant downward trend in smoking in Simcoe Muskoka between 2000-2001 and 2013-2014 among women; however, the trend was not significant among males over this same time period. 2013-2014 was the first year that the adult male smoking rate was significantly higher than the adult female smoking rate since Statistics Canada began conducting the CCHS
By Age Group
In 2013-2014, also from the CCHS
, 27% (21.8%, 33.0%
) of younger adults (20-44 years) in Simcoe Muskoka reported that they currently smoked. This was not significantly different than the 23% (16.8%, 28.6%
) of older adults (45–64 years) that reported as current smokers but was significantly higher than the 11% (6.6%, 15.3%
) of seniors (65+) that reported as current smokers. There was a significant decreasing trend in current smoking among adults 20 to 44 years and 45 to 64 years in Simcoe Muskoka from 2000-2001 to 2013-2014; however, the per cent of seniors (65+) in Simcoe Muskoka that report as current smokers remained relatively stable over this same time period.
In 2013-2014, 40% (35.0%, 45.8%) of younger adults (20-44 years) in Simcoe Muskoka reported that they have never been a smoker and 34% (27.2%, 40.4%) of older adults 45 to 64 years report that they never have been a smoker. There was a significant increasing trend in the prevalence of never smoking among adults 20 to 44 years and adults 45 to 64 years in Simcoe Muskoka between 2000-2001 and 2013-2014. There wasn’t a significant change in the per cent of seniors (65+) that reported never have been a smoker over this same time period.
Education & Income
Levels of education and income also plays a significant role in smoking rates, with smoking levels dropping as education and income levels increase.
From 2007-2014, approximately half (48% (41.1%, 55.7%
)) of Simcoe Muskoka adults (20+) years old who had not completed high school were current smokers, which was approximately five times higher than what was reported by those with at least a University degree (8% (6.3%, 10.6%
Approximately one-third (37% (32.1%, 41.2%)) of adults (20+ years) living in the lowest income quintile were current smokers, which was approximately twice as high as the 19% (15.0%, 22.1%) that reported as current smokers among those living in the highest income quintile.